Scottish marina moves to new phase

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In February this year, a partnership between Peel Holdings and Riverside Inverclyde handed over the operation of James Watt Dock Marina (JWD) to Marina Projects. Armed with a very long lease and extensive experience in designing, developing and managing marina and boatyard complexes, the company is ready to take this historic dock into a new phase of development. Carol Fulford visited JWD to ask Jeff Houlgrave of Marina Projects and JWD marina manager Graeme Galbraith to talk shop.

Located on the Firth of Clyde – the largest and deepest body of coastal water in the British Isles – JWD is one of a handful of prime marina sites within the 16 or so marinas and anchorages available on the favoured east shore. “Largs Yacht Haven, Kip Marina, JWD, Rhu Marina and Troon Yacht Haven are probably the prime sites, with Largs as number one on the Clyde,” explains Graeme Galbraith. “But all the marinas and yards are busy, including Fairlie Quay, just south of Largs, which is well known as the main undercover storage facility on the river.”

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